Do good things, and shout about it
** WINNER – CII Public Trust Awards - Building Public Trust in Life, Pensions and Long-term Savings Award 2021 **
** FINALIST – Headlinemoney PR Agency of the Year 2020 **
** WINNER – Cover magazine Insurance Person of the Year 2019 **
We provide public relations and consultancy services to the financial services industry.
We use in-depth technical knowledge of financial services, coupled with a strong network within both the financial services marketplace and media, to deliver excellent results for clients consistently and advise companies at senior level on a range of areas including strategy, communications, trust, market intelligence, product development and much more.
Our skills and international experience can help to provide far more than basic public relations. We understand financial services, financial advisers, consumer behaviours, legislation and regulation. We work and respond fast.
Put simply, as long as it's good for customers, we make what you do a little bit better.
Kevin Carr, Managing Director
Kevin has been in financial services for over twenty years. Beginning as a mortgage adviser, he joined LifeSearch in 2000 and became Head of Protection Strategy and Director of PR. In 2008 he joined PruProtect (VitalityLife) as Director of Protection Development, which included sales, marketing, product development and PR.
A previously qualified IFA and mortgage adviser, Kevin is a well-known industry figure who speaks regularly to the media and at conferences on all matters related to protection. Kevin has been named the Protection Review Personality of the Year and voted the second most influential person in the UK protection industry of the last ten years.
Kevin is also Chief Executive of Protection Review and was previously the co-Chair of the IPTF. A keen Arsenal fan, he has also been known to play keyboards in various bands over the years.
Matthew Morris, Director & Partner
Matthew has worked in PR, marketing and journalism for over 20 years. After working at a national news agency and as a freelancer, Matthew began working with Brent Council in 2004 where his responsibilities included communications for the new Wembley Stadium.
He joined financial advisers Baigrie Davies LifeSearch in 2007 where he won the Headline Money award for Best Protection PR four years in a row.
In 2013 he managed communications for the merger of Quilter Cheviot Investment Management before joining Legg Mason Global Asset Management as European Head of Communications.
A keen fan of international travel and rugby, Matthew still writes the occasional travel article and supports Leicester Tigers and Blackheath rugby club.
Suzanne Clarkson, Associate Consultant
Suzanne works as a freelance consultant with Carr Consulting and is an expert in the fields of health, wellbeing and employee benefits.
Previously Editor of Health Insurance and Deputy Editor of Money Management, along with freelance for the national personal finance press, Suzanne has won numerous awards for journalism.
More latterly, she held Head of Communications roles at Bupa and Simplyhealth.
Karen Mignon, Associate Consultant
Karen works as a freelance consultant for Carr Consulting. She has over 15 years of experience in corporate communications and reputation management, spanning a diverse client range in financial services.
As a director at Lansons, she advised and led numerous high-profile communications programmes, campaigns and events for firms including Invesco, Fidelity, LV=, The Co-operative Bank, J O Hambro Capital Management and WH Ireland. Winning numerous industry awards for client work, she has led both creative campaigns and crisis/strategic projects that spanned media, political, regulatory, consumer and internal audiences.
Karen enjoys travel, visiting 15 states during a recent three-year stint living in Chicago, USA. She volunteers as a communications consultant for non-profit, Age UK Cambridge & Peterborough.
Rachel Mason, Associate Consultant
Rachel works as a freelance consultant for Carr Consulting. She is an experienced public relations professional and former journalist specialising in financial services. Over the past 16 years, Rachel has held senior public relations roles at a number of financial services firms including challenger bank Triodos and over 50s insurer SunLife, where she was responsible for a number of high-profile campaigns, including the annual Cost of Dying report.
As a consultant, Rachel has worked with well-established firms including Bibby Financial Services, Spicerhaart, Just Mortgages and Old Mill as well as helping raise the profile of several start-ups including, SmartSearch, tomatopay, Exizent, Homeppl and Zenplans. In 2021, she was shortlisted as ‘PR Professional of the Year’ at the 2021 Headline Money Awards.
Prior to her career in public relations, Rachel was a local reporter and later news editor at Clevedon Newspapers, part of the Daily Mail Group.
Lisa Carr, Associate Consultant
Lisa works as a freelance consultant for Carr Consulting. She is an award-winning financial PR specialist, having previously spent 17 years at leading independent PR agency Lansons, as a Director and Partner.
Her work has spanned a vast range of financial services clients – from fin tech start-ups to large insurers, but she is most proud of helping to bring to market the award-winning launch of Metro Bank and RCI Savings Bank. Her clients rely on her for her industry insights, media relations skills and ability to develop stand out multi-dimensional campaigns.
Lisa loves running and has previously run the London Marathon three times, and the Paris Marathon.
Elissa Dennis, Associate Consultant
Elissa works as a freelance consultant with Carr Consulting and has extensive experience in the health, wellbeing and employee benefits sectors.
Prior to becoming freelance in 2016, Elissa worked for employee benefits specialist Unum for almost seven years, responsible for planning and implementing a wide range of marketing and PR projects working alongside partners such as the Mental Health Foundation and Cass Business School.
Before that, Elissa worked for a wide range of organisations, including Total Fina Elf, Toyota and the BBC. Her favourite project while at BBC World Service was organising a radio roadshow around 10 locations for BBC Urdu in Pakistan.
Andrew Sharkey, Associate Consultant
Andrew started his career in marketing and communications in London in the 1980s. Specialising in brand building, strategic advice and issues management, he has advised many of the world's leading companies and has a particular interest in the financial services, medtech and cyber security sectors.
He has been a director of leading PR consultancies Ludgate, Luther Pendragon, Redleaf Polhill, Smithfield and Murray Consultants. Andrew is currently an advisor to the board of UroPharma, a medtech company focused on global commercialisation of innovative and disruptive therapeutic technologies and The Association of Member Nominated Trustees, the representative body supporting member-nominated trustees, member-nominated directors and employee representatives of UK based pension schemes in the private and public sector.
Chloe Noble, Executive Assistant
Chloe has worked in Executive Assistant positions for over 20yrs in various sectors from design, building services, IT solutions and education, to name a few. Chloe spent many years working for high profile Professors within the scientific research and medical profession, and amongst other tasks, she administered their highly demanding schedules, coordinated an annual summer school in Human Genetics for exceptional PhD students and was involved with the study - Deciphering Developmental Disorders. She has experience of working with various software platforms, and holds a broad knowledge surrounding administration, finance and event management.
Chloe is Kevin’s EA and supports the Carr Consulting and Communications team.